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Iggy Azalea – The New Classic

Beki Kidwell


Iggy Azalea hasn’t been around for too long, but since I first heard Work on the radio over a year ago, she has made one hell of a name for herself. Having been working on this album for what she claims to be her whole life, The New Classic finally gets its release.

Diving straight in to what I knew would be over an hour of female empowerment and sex, Walk the Line emits powerful and personal lyrics from the stance of a very young and successful woman. This track offers the perfect opener, with Azalea proving her point to the world. The point being: I’m here of my own accord, and I deserve everything I have, thanks to myself and nobody else.

Continuing in this fashion, tracks such as Don’t Need Ya’ll and Change Your Life give the listener a deeper insight into what seems to have been a very difficult road.

Arriving in America at just 16, she’s been trying to make a name for herself for many years. Lyrics like, “Now everybody wanna love me/for now, just leave me alone,” showcase just how bitter she seems to still be over the lack of support she’s received from the people in her life.

As we reach the middle of the album, we reach Iggy’s more up-beat songs. She seems to have a knack for splitting between two extremes – half the album proves thoroughly powerful and hugely serious, while the other half makes you desperately want to climb your desk and dance your blues away. Tracks like 100 and Fancy prove this – with their incredibly catchy dance beats, summer-time feeling and inevitable number 1 status. As a side note, Fancy is undoubtedly my favourite track of the album so far, with lyrics like “I’m so fancy/Can’t you taste this gold?” I can’t help but feel her sense of empowerment seeping into me each time I listen to it.

As we reach the end of the album, we hit a row of aptly named tracks that have the same very clear aim. Tracks such as New Bitch, Goddess, Black Widow and Lady Patra say a massive fuck you to society and to those who’ve ever doubted her. She is all about using the hip hop genre to portray female power and the stance of women as a tribe who deserve respect and ambition.

The New Classic gives the sense that Iggy has been through a lot, and may still be going through it. I get the feeling that this album is her way of speaking up about her life without having to get overly emotional. Her desperation to have her opinions and knowledge heard is almost ear-splitting. This, though moving and very normal for a young girl, makes her sound like just that – a young girl.

To end on a more positive note, I am a fan of the album and of Iggy herself; and if there’s one thing she has done, it’s proven with her debut album that she needed to release the demons out of her life and have a hell of a lot of fun while she was doing it.